Thursday, October 6, 2011

Painless Philanthropy--Do Good With Your Fingertips Today!

Three Chi-Town non profits that we love are up for monetary rewards and/or featured today.   Check it out and do some good for some great organizations, just by lifting a finger.

The first two are part of the same Sun-Times Sun Shine Project so you can log in once and do double good.

Vote for 826CHI!
Thank you to everyone who has voted and commented on our submission over at the Chicago Sun-Times Sun Shine Project! The project is asking for community input to help donate up to $500,000 to local non-profits.
If you haven't had a chance to do so, 30 seconds of your time can help 826CHI receive a grant of up to $50,000. Just follow these simple steps:
  1. Go to the Sun Shine Project website.
  2. Click 'Get Started' and log in through Facebook or create an account.
  3. Go to 'Projects'.
  4. Go to 'Youth Education & Literacy.'
  5. Find 'Supporting Student Writing in the Classroom.'
  6. Click the thumbs up to vote for us!
  7. Leave a comment about your experience with 826CHI.
Bonus Points: Forward this email to your friends!
Be sure to visit our project before October 9th, when voting ends.
Thank you so much!
P.S. You can also support 826CHI by participating in our annual Scrabble for Cheaters tournament!

Vote for Li'l Buds for a chance to receive a Grant!

As part of the Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust.

We appreciate you taking time out of your day to help us grow!


We have the opportunity to receive a grant from the Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust.  This year, the Trust has set up the Sun Shine Project for the greater Chicago community to Shine A Light on worthy charities and select organizations and projects that deserve a grant.

Please act now by voting for our project!  Click on the link below, sign up/login for the project (wait for an email confirmation to set up a password) and then search for Li'l Buds Theatre (we are in the Arts and Culture Section, or you can just enter our name in the search box) and vote by clicking on the 'thumbs up" sign!  You can also leave testimonials of support in the comments box - and please do as they consider the comments when awarding the grant!

VOTING ENDS OCTOBER 9th!  If you have voted for us already - THANK YOU!  If not, please do 
it by Friday!  We appreciate your support!

With input from the community, the Trust will fund $500,000 in grants toward non-profit projects that benefit youth in the Chicago region - and we could be one of them!

The Third is a donation opportunity.   

We are very excited that IMW has been selected as the featured organization on today! Its one of those daily deal websites, except the daily deal is to support a charitable cause with $1-$10, and today that's us!  Check it out and if you like, throw in a buck or two and then help us please spread the word via facebook, e-mail, and twitter... as its a 24 hr. campaign. Thank so much for your support...your small gestures taken together can go a long way in helping us reach more kids through music!!!

IMW on 

"Very few focus on pop music as a way to engage kids." 
Michael Simons, The Intonation Music Workshop 

The Intonation Music Workshop works in park districts and underserved schools to make a few young students with no previous musical training into a band. 
Students team up and vote to learn a song of their choice. (Last year that meant a lot of Justin Bieber an Michael Jackson.) And here's the crazy part: their deadline is just 12 weeks, during which time they'll learn to play the track on every instrument in the band: guitar, keyboard, drums, bass and vocals. 
"The thing it provides is that every child gets a sense of each instrument," says Executive Director Michael Simons. "They can empathize with anyone playing an instrument for the song and know what it's like to be in their shoes." 
Quickly, the students go from timid to confident, grasping the fundamentals of each part. 
"Then it shifts to, you're a band now," says Simons, "so what's your band's name? When are you going to perform? What are you going to wear? All these things they have to decide on as a group." 
At the end of 12 weeks, students will give at least one public performance in full band garb. And after that?
"A majority of students come back, learn more songs, advanced techniques, get to focus more on one instrument or one class," says Simons. "From there it keeps going. We've had kids who perform at pro studios. We've had kids perform at Lollapalooza." 
It's about the music, sure, but the Workshop is also a program that leads to improved academic performance, general optimism, and, maybe most importantly, 90% of their students report being willing to try new things...which really is what life is all about, no? 

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